Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – The Army’s 48th Infantry (Guardians) Battalion and E.C. Bernabe National High School (ECBNHS) held a pilot launching of the 1Bataan Peace Project with the theme: “Mulat na Kaisipan Tungo sa Tunay na Kapayapaan” on January 17, 2020.

The first ever peace project in Bataan and in  Region 3, formulated by Department of Education’s ECBNHS, aims to establish a league of peace guardians by opening their minds in achieving lasting peace through different initiatives to be formulated and acted upon by participating agencies.

The peace project is in accordance with the Executive Order No. 70, or the Whole-of-Nation approach, mandating different agencies to formulate peace-related programs to be adopted by the school in order to protect the youth and students from communist terrorist groups’ (CTGs’) infiltration.

Former Board Member and (Provincial Government Office (PGO) consultant Gaudencio C. Ferrer represented Bataan Governor, Hon Abet Garcia, as the Guest Speaker. Other guests during the event were 2nd District Congressman’s Chief-of-Staff Jernie Jett V. Nisay, NICA 3 Deputy Regional Director Agnes S. Totanes, Bataan Provincial Director Police Colonel Villamor Q. Tulaio, 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) Deputy Commander Police Major Melanio Santiago, Philippine Coast Guard Commander Erwin Nacario, Bataan Provincial DILG representative Ms. Danilyn Pena, General Parents & Teachers Association (PTA) President Mrs. Amelia A Nojadera, and the whole faculty and staff of ECBNHS.

Highlighting the event was the launching of the commitment seal and signing the wall of commitment for the 1Bataan Peace Project.

Major General Lenard T. Agustin AFP, Commander, 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division said, “The assertiveness that we are showing in the effort of ending the communist armed conflict is paramount. We are gaining momentum and we should hold on to that energy that unites us all.”

Relatedly, Lieutenant Colonel Felix Emeterio Valdez added, “Your Philippine Army is making sure that we all form part of the effort in ending the local communist armed conflict. Our eagerness in every activity related to Executive Order No. 70 is a good start for the success of our endeavors.”